“Wobblies & Work”, FE 370 Fall 2005

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). The IWW is the oldest anti-capitalist trade union federation in history. Their mission, the abolition of the wage system, still holds today; their practice of justice and fairness and their commitment to worker empowerment serves as a model for all trade unions.

Fifth Estate will be joining in this centenary celebration by dedicating its Fall issue to the topic of “Wobblies and Work.”

We are looking for original articles on the history of the IWW, as well as articles that address the contemporary international radical labor milieu. Submissions of art and images are always welcome. Possible topics include work and anti-work, the unethical nature of the Protestant work ethic, the right to be lazier, proletarian lifestyles, subproletarian subcultures, underemployment, unemployment, worker’s comp scams, workplace sabotage, shopfloor shenanigans, lockouts, factory occupations, slackers, and hobos.

Feature articles and essays: 1500 to 4000 words

News, reviews, and reports: 800 words

DEADLINE for PROPOSALS: July 1

DEADLINE for FIRST DRAFTS: July 15

email: fifthestate — at — pumpkinhollow — dot — net

snail mail: Fifth Estate, PO Box 6, Liberty, TN 37095